With all the Vino Action going off today, there hasn’t been much talk around these parts about the little chat Alberto “Gonzo” Gonzales had with the Senate. And by “chat” I mean “testify”.
His was some extremely interesting testimony. And by “interesting” I mean “fucking insane”.
Today, Gonzales did something absolutely unexpected: he said that Comey’s doubts were about “other intelligence activities” than the warrantless surveillance program President Bush confirmed in December 2005 — i.e., the TSP. That’s how his 2006 statement that the TSP was uncontroversial could still be correct.
But the senators weren’t buying it. And they say that they’ll be examining Gonzales’ statements closely to see whether the attorney general has perjured himself.
Several senators cautioned Gonzales to carefully review the transcript of his answers to make sure he was testifying truthfully. “Your credibility has been breached to the point of being actionable,” said Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the panel’s ranking Republican.
Oh, perjury? I can’t imagine a good Christian like him would ever lie…
Here is the whole enchilada, with video clips. I lined ’em out because they’ll get buried under new posts at tpmmuckraker.com in no time flat. This way you can take your dear sweet time. Maybe have a few beers while Gonzo sticks a thumb in your eye and a boot in your back.
Leahy, Specter Lay in to Gonzales
Gonzales: NSL Abuses Weren’t Really Abuses
Gonzales: “That’s a Good Question”
Gonzales: I Only Visited Ashcroft’s Hospital Bed Because Congress Wanted It
Gonzales Unsure of How Many USAs He Fired
Gonzales: “Not So Clear” That Waterboarding Violates Geneva Common Article 3
Gonzales: Witness Tampering? No, It Was Witness Consolation.
Senators Signal Gonzales Perjury Inquiry over Spying Testimony
Gonzales Stonewalls on Bush’s Involvement in Hospital Visit
Gonzales Memo Widened Cheney’s Office Access to DoJ Case Info
He’d be fucking hilarious if he wasn’t scaring the shit outta me.
How long can this guy stay at the helm of the Justice Department? How long can Bush afford to keep him around? He’s a liability. He’s a nightmare.
Tonight’s link dump:
[David Walsh interview] competitorradio.com
[Richard Sachs in the news] usatoday.com
[Electric sports car outspeeds a Porsche] news.com.com
[viva la spectical] blogs.guardian.co.uk
[three magic little words] sfgate.com